I love the Autumn! The new season always brings with it new adventures, as well as new
smells, tastes and experiences that come with this most lovely of seasons. This month has opened the door to even more fun adventures in Tealand!
Time for a Twinings English Breakfast at The Savoy
I always seem to be better at eating a proper breakfast in the Autumn, so I was delighted to be invited to an exclusive breakfast hosted by Twinings and 2011 Masterchef winner and culinary alchemist, Tim Anderson at London’s luxurious Savoy.
This was not just any breakfast, but the 80th Anniversary of
Twinings English Breakfast tea, the first ‘designer tea’, created in the 1930s! I was very excited to be greeted by Stephen Twining, Brand Ambassador for Twinings when I first arrived, who shared with me his tips on brewing the perfect cup of English Breakfast – make sure you brew it for at least three minutes! Many people complain that they don’t like English Breakfast tea because it’s not strong enough, but the trick is in the timing. True to his word, it was a refreshing, tasty cup of tea – much needed after my travel across busy London!
The theme of the event was, of course, breakfasts throughout the last eight decades, paired with English Breakfast tea, of course! With my love of all things vintage, this was a combination of a fascinating trip down memory lane and an interesting anthropological study of how eating behaviour has changed over the years – and continues to evolve.
I’m not sure what I loved more – the fabulous retro Twinings packaging, the vintage teapots, tea cups and tea sets, or the food itself!
Tim Anderson then talked us through his vision
for the breakfast of the future – which is certainly innovative and different from the normal fry-up/cereal/pastry on the go that we’re so used to today! Tim’s idea was that people will turn to more sustainable food sources in the future, eating things that may have seemed unappealing in Western countries before, such as insects in your muesli – crickets, ants eggs and mealworms, anyone?!
I very much liked the idea of more gamey meats featuring on the breakfast table, like Tim’s smoked duck bacon – smoked with Twinings tea, naturally – and rabbit and venison sausages (although, rather childishly, I still can’t bring myself to eat rabbit or venison, which conjour up images of Thumper and Bambi!)
Innovation is an important theme for Twinings, too – I didn’t realise that they were pioneers of the teabag in the 1950s and de-caff tea in the 1980 – and the evolving packaging through the ages has reflected the styles and fashions of the era. I particularly liked the 1970s packaging, which I think would be very fashionable again today!
I was also delighted to meet Mike, Twinings’ master blender, chatting with him about my favourite Twinings blends and how different tea leaves add those all-important layers of flavour to different tea blends. Mike created a special, strong blend to accompany the breakfast of the future and cut through the strong flavours of the food. This was a strong, comforting and fragrant cup of tea, that really stood up to the robust flavours of the futuristic breakfast.I was equally impressed with the special, limited edition 80th anniversary blend of Twinings English Breakfast, a blend of Assam, Ceylon and Kenyan teas, in its fabulous Art-Deco-inspired packaging. Twinings’ master blenders have continued to tweak the blend of English Breakfast throughout the years to match up to the popular breakfasts of the time and to ensure consistency.Since getting my paws on this special anniversary blend, I have been enjoying this strong, malty cuppa every morning for my first breakfast cup of tea – brewing for at least three minutes, naturally!Until next time, hope you enjoy your breakfast cuppa!Rachael x